Two computing science professors appointed as Canada Research Chairs
The Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program aims to attract and retain diverse world-class researchers, and to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian post-secondary institutions. This week, two professors, Sheelagh Carpendale and Manolis Savva, from the School of Computing Science were recognized and appointed as CRCs.
Carpendale is appointed a Tier 1 CRC in Information Visualization. Her research focuses on the challenge of creating interactive data visualizations that can improve data accessibility and comprehension to better support the increasing diversity of people who are impacted by data. Carpendale leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) Research Group and is working on establishing the new Interactive Experiences Lan (ixLab) with computer science professor Parmit Chilana.
Savva is appointed a Tier 2 CRC in Computer Graphics. He is currently conducting research on how to train artificial intelligence (AI) to understand three dimensional structures of living spaces. This includes research on training AI to locate furniture in a room and how people interact with the furniture. Savva's research goal is to train AI to create rich interactive virtual environments algorithmically.